Had to keep this one secret for a while, but in February I had the pleasure of shooting an interview with Riz Ahmed for the TIME 100 Most Influential list. As you can see below, he is an incredibly charming and thoughtful individual. Huge congrats to everyone who made the list (seeing Samantha Bee on there was especially exciting)..
As we enter the first few weeks of the new year, I wanted to share a new film that I've been busy with for the past couple of months. I shot this short on the evening of the US election at The Lexington pub in London, and today it premiered at Short of the Week, and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. It was also published at The Atlantic as an Editors' Pick.
From the review: "Election Night avoids agit-prop, and by doing so, it stands as one of the most objective takes on that election night that I’ve seen so far." You can watch the entire film below.
One of my favorite pieces I shot with Sam while at The Daily Show was from the 2012 RNC, so when I got asked to come back to the States to film this year's political conventions for the Full Frontal team it was a no brainer. In early July we hopped on a tour bus and took a trip to Cleveland, and crafted this little road movie titled "The Very Special Full Frontal Special." There were a lot of long days, but it was a blast to make and I want to give much deserved accolades to everyone who worked on it, from the talent to the writers to production to post (who turned it around in 3 days!). A brave and brilliant group indeed. Shot on the Sony FS7 with the Fujinon Cabrio 19-90 and a variety of cinema primes. Here's part one... enjoy!
It was a great pleasure to work with Jon and Sam at The Daily Show for nearly 8 years, so it was a very special moment when I was asked to be DoP for this short cold open for Full Frontal (also the last thing I filmed for the program before relocating to London last month). The video was picked up by Esquire, Time, CNN, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and within 24 hours had over a quarter of a million views on Youtube. Enjoy!
I have a bit of exciting news to announce… after 10 years in NYC I will be moving to the UK! Beginning July 2016 I will be based out of London, but still available as a director and director of photography for long term projects in the US.
Because I hold dual nationality in the US and Europe, I will easily be able to work for UK/European based productions in the US, and likewise for US productions throughout Europe without any need for a visa or international paperwork.
I feel quite privileged to be able to expand my commercial and filmmaking network in Europe, and I look forward to meeting new colleagues along the way. Please do reach out if you need help on a project, or if you would just like to connect! Cheers!